A movie review: By Lee Sonogan
(2016) 1h21min/Horror, Thriller
This low-budget horror movie is one of the most mixed reviewed movies of this year. With a budget of 4.9 million, this movie successfully made a profit of 147.8 million at the box office. Made back its entire production budget on its opening day at the box office. A sequel to the film was immediately greenlit after the film recouped its budget on its opening weekend alone.IMDB describes this movie as when her little brother, Martin, experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, Rebecca works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother, Sophie.
The feature film debut of director David F. Sandberg. He decided to expand his original short film Lights Out (2013) into a feature film after it garnered a very positive reception on the internet. David F. Sandberg decided to focus on practical effects avoided as much CGI as possible and aimed to use as much authentic lighting for the film as possible. Some scenes were only lit by candle lights or fluorescent tubes. The house in this movie is the same one used in Ouija (2014) and Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016). The basement of the house in which most of the filming took place mysteriously caught fire a few months after production wrapped.
Overall, the jump scares were dog as. Plus it is a decent horror movie with an original concept. It’s also a decent thriller as it slowly develops the story with the family and the supernatural events that happen. Even the acting in this movie is decent and helps with the realisticness of the overall horror in the movie. The ending was less climatic by the last 20 minutes but ends in an emotional way. I recommend this movie to people who like horror movies with decent stories. It’s definitely worth a watch if you need something to watch.